Queens Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses New York Juvenile Offender Pilot Program

Taking a step towards developing a truly practical and effective justice system for youth offenders, the state of New York has started an experimental juvenile court pilot program, called “Adolescent Diversion.” Although still under legislative consideration, the Youth Division bill, which contains the details of the new process, has become a beacon of hope for […]

Queens Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Recent Stop-and-Frisk Appeals

July in New York has been an eventful time concerning the controversial stop-and-frisk procedures taking place. Although the practice has been in effect for some time now, added controversy has arisen recently with two felony gun convictions stemming from an initial stop-and-frisk being overturned by a New York Appeals Court. The Appeals Court ruling was […]

Queens Drug Attorney Discusses Difficulties for Andrew Cuomo’s Pot Decriminalization Plan

It looks as though New Yorkers will have to wait until the state legislature reconvenes in January to see any progress made in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to decriminalize marijuana in the state. Hoping to turn this bill into law by the end of the 2012 legislative session, Governor Cuomo has been thwarted by GOP […]

Queens Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Governors Call to Decriminalize Marijuana

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, has recently detailed his interest in reducing the penalty for public possession of small amounts of marijuana. This is a strong stance by one of the most influential politicians in New York and has the potential to help many individuals throughout the state who have been charged with […]

Drug Prohibition Will Lead to the Zombie Apocalypse

The zombie apocalypse is unofficially upon us after details were released on the shocking news story about a Florida man who, after taking synthetic bath salts, became psychotic and began eating the face of a homeless individual. From a scene right out of the AMC show The Walking Dead, officers were forced to shoot Rudy […]

Queens Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Proposal to Broaden NY Rape Laws

After a highly publicized and emotional court proceeding that led to a 75-year sentence for ex-cop’s role in the sexual assault by gunpoint of a Inwood teacher, there have been calls to broaden New York State’s rape laws. This includes both the Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Queens Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. Although the offender had […]

Queens Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Controversial Pre-Arraignment Interviews

Of the five boroughs in New York City, Queens has the distinction of being the only area in which suspects arrested without a warrant meet with prosecutors before their arraignment. This controversial practice by the Queens District Attorney’s office has been receiving quite a bit of press due to its potential to incriminate alleged criminal […]

New York’s New Prescription Drug Laws Pending in the Legislature

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has introduced legislation  in the State Legislature that would aggressively expand New York’s prescription drug laws and existing Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMPs). Many argue that the new legislation goes too far and interferes with the special relationship between a patient and a doctor. It is expected to […]

College Student to Receive Rehab After Drug Bust on New York Campus

A Columbia University student was caught in a campus drug bust late last year when trying to sell $5,000 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer. He faces one year of drug treatment rather than prison time, however. After successfully completing the treatment, this student will have the opportunity to withdraw his plea and […]

iPhone and iPad Theft in Queens and NYC on the Rise this Holiday Season

This holiday season, the New York Police Department (NYPD) pushed a two-pronged strategy to combat the growing rates of theft for the popular iPad and iPhone products. Undercover NYPD officers on MTA subways worked to apprehend offenders for allegedly stealing the electronic gadgets from passengers. Other offenders were arrested for criminal possession of stolen property […]